I don’t know about you, but by the time I’m done lunch, I’m pooped. My ears. My body. My everything just needs some down time. I have four children, two with higher demands as they are both under five, so rest and quiet is needed for all of us. And we take that time every afternoon. We call it quiet time in our house. Today on the blog, I’m sharing with you how to have a quiet time routine with kids (and by taking a look at what we do).
Keep things simple
Anytime I try to do anything elaborate, I find I always end up dropping it, so if you are new to quiet the idea of quiet time, start small. Keeping things simple will make quiet time that much more doable long term. Test and try different things over time, too.
The key is consistency
If you really desire a quiet time for your family, know that it may get harder before it gets easier. New things are just harder to implement because they are new. But, from nine years of quiet time over here, the upfront work was definitely worth it! I really look forward to quiet time every day and the kids do too (most of the time).
A look at our quiet time right now
While I put the baby for a nap at 1, my boys:
- Tidy their rooms, usually one to two tidy tasks if it’s more of a mess.
- Read an assigned school reading.
- Listen to audiobooks.
- Watch two shows…and don’t bug mom. Ha!
When my baby is asleep, I am usually in my office working. Answering emails, listening to music with the odd interruption here and there. I take some time to close my eyes and rest with the baby before this too.
And don’t take it just from me, here’s a blog that goes over the research of the benefits of quiet time for kids. Fascinating!
I also recently put together a step by step simple template for quiet time if you’d like that too. Send me an email at eastcoastkelly.com if you’d like that and I’d be happy to share. In fact, I’m so passionate about quiet time that I’d be happy to chat with you to figure out your individual needs as a family for quiet time.
Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!